Commonwealth Bank supports Legacy Week

Sydney, 31 August 2009: The Commonwealth Bank today joined with Legacy to mark the launch of Legacy Week and to invite all Australians to make a donation and buy a Legacy badge.

As the national partner of Legacy, the Commonwealth Bank will be selling badges in selected Commonwealth Bank branches around Australia during Legacy Week.

To mark the launch of Legacy Week today, distinguished guests attended the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney, including the Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC. Commonwealth Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ralph Norris, laid a wreath at the Ceremony.

Mr Norris said the Commonwealth Bank is proud to support Legacy and admired the charity’s long-standing spirit of service to the community.

“Legacy is an organisation that has supported the Australian community since 1923 and one which the Commonwealth Bank is honoured to partner with,” he said.

"We encourage all Australians to join us in buying a badge and wearing it with pride."

Sydney Legacy President, Mr John Bertram, said that Legacy’s work is only made possible through community support.

“It’s this valued connection and generosity that enables Legacy to return hope and empowerment to the lives of thousands of individuals and families,” Mr Bertram said.

“Since 1998 the Bank has assisted Legacy’s work in the community and through this support Legacy has raised more than $25 million.

“On Friday 4 September, thousands of volunteers will be on the streets nationally promoting the Legacy badge. All Australians can help Legacy keep its promise to defence families by wearing a badge, donating via 1800 LEGACY (534 229),, or at any Commonwealth Bank branch.”

About Legacy:

Legacy is an Australian charity dedicated to the care of widows and dependants of deceased Australian Defence Force personnel killed in hazardous service, training, peacekeeping operations, or have died subsequently. Legacy assists 115, 000 widows and 1,900 dependants across Australia by providing education support for children and medical, financial and welfare assistance to widows and families of deceased war veterans.

For more information contact:

Holly Williams, Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 7130